By John F. Marszalek
In The Petticoat Affair, prize-winning historian John F. Marszalek bargains the 1st in--depth research of the earliest -- and maybe maximum -- political intercourse scandal in American heritage. in the course of Andrew Jackson's first time period in place of work, Margaret Eaton, the spouse of Secretary of nation John Henry Eaton, used to be branded a "loose girl" for her unconventional public existence. The brash, outgoing, and gorgeous daughter of a Washington innkeeper, Margaret had socialized together with her father's visitors and married Eaton very quickly after the demise of her first husband, surprising genteel society. Jackson observed assaults on Eaton as a part of a conspiracy to topple his management, and his robust security of her personality ruled the 1st years of his time period, and ended in the resignation of his whole cabinet.